Burnout and Loneliness: Workplace Problems, Not Worker Problems

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How do you define workplace burnout and loneliness?

Hadley conducts research and advisory work on psychological safety, well-being at work, team dynamics, and inclusive cultures. Courtesy of Constance Noonan Hadley

What do these experiences look like and how can professionals identify if they are experiencing them?

Let’s start with recognizing burnout. Understanding the following symptoms can help professionals identify burnout in themselves.

Burnout Symptoms

Energy Depletion and Exhaustion

Loneliness Symptoms

In my research, people often say their coworkers are nice, but that they don’t really know them well. This has been especially true during the COVID-19 pandemic when so many professionals have only interacted with their colleagues virtually. Yet loneliness is more than a lack of in-person interaction with others.

How do workplace burnout and workplace loneliness intersect?

What can employers do to acknowledge and prevent employee burnout and loneliness?

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